'''John Fitzgerald''' "'''Jack'''" '''Kennedy''' (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), commonly referred to by his initials '''JFK''', was an American politician who served as the List of Presidents of the United States|35th President of the United States
from January 1961 until Assassination of John F. Kennedy|his assassination
in November 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War
, and much of his presidency focused on managing relations with the Soviet Union
. He was a member of the Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic Party
who represented Massachusetts
in the United States House of Representatives
and the United States Senate
prior to becoming president.
Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts
, to Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
and Rose Kennedy
. A scion of the Kennedy family
, he graduated from Harvard University
in 1940 before joining the United States Navy...